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July 01, 2003

Contexts Launches Re-designed Website

The American Sociological Association is the national professional association for sociologists. We welcome your involvement in all the activities of the Association. Please consider membership, either as a full member or as an associate. Membership includes opportunities to subscribe to ASA journals, including Teaching Sociology, discounts on other publications (including teaching and career publications), a subscription to the newsletter, Footnotes, information on important events in the profession, and a chance to share your expertise with other colleagues. Consider joining the Section on Teaching and Learning of Sociology, which will put you in a network of dedicated teaching faculty. That Section rotates leadership to insure that sociologists from different kinds of institutions are chair and on the Council. Every third year a community college sociologist chairs the section.

Be sure to join the Community College Listserv by sending an email to: with the word "subscribe" in the body of the message.

Community college sociologists often work within a divisional rather than departmental structure and often are the only sociologist on campus. The ASA affords a wonderful link with other sociologists who are interested in teaching and in the subject of sociology, as you are.

At the Annual Meeting, you will experience a full program of events directly relevant to your professional development. At almost every session time slot, there are workshops, panels, and papers on teaching sociology. There is a special “Breakfast for Community College Sociologists” and other receptions and social events. Don't miss the bookstore to give you ideas for your classes.

As just a taste, here are some of the key ASA publications that might be of particular interest to you.


ContextsMagazine is directed to anyone interested in the latest sociological ideas and research, Contexts seeks to apply new knowledge, stimulate fresh thinking, and disseminate important information produced by the discipline. The publication’s articles synthesize key findings, weave together diverse strands of work, draw out implications for policy, and debate issues of controversy. The hallmarks of Contexts are accessibility, broad appeal, and timeliness. By design, it is not a technical journal, but a magazine for diverse readers who wish to be current about social science knowledge, emerging trends, and their relevance.

Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts (Third Edition)………$13.00/$17.00
Edited by Edward L. Kain and Robin Neas. Eighty techniques for teaching basic sociological ideas in courses throughout the curriculum, especially high school sociology and introductory sociology courses. Procedures for each technique are described in full. Includes teaching objectives, references, materials needed, and estimated time for each technique. 144 pp., 1993. Stock #203.I93.

Introductory Sociology Resource Manual (Sixth Edition) $16.00/$20.00 Compiled by James Sikora and Njeri Mbugua. The sixth edition contains eight articles about the core; 21 syllabi of introductory sociology courses; a wide array of assignments, projects, and class exercises, and a list of contributors. 262 pp., 2004 Stock #324.I04

Instructor's Resource Manual on Social Problems (Third Edition)........................$14.00/$18.00
Edited by Lutz Kaelber and Walter Carroll. The third edition of this useful guide provides materials to help those teaching social problems for the first time as well as experienced instructors. The manual includes 13 syllabi, 35 assignments, exercises, and policy guidelines, and a guide to web resources for social problems. 158 pp., revised 2001. Stock #347.I01.

Research Methods Courses: Syllabi, Assignments and Projects (Fifth Edition)……$14.00/$18.00
Edited by Kevin P. Mulvey. Ten syllabi for courses in undergraduate methods, field methods, and graduate methods. Topics covered include linear structural equation models, ethnomethodology, questionnaire design, and sampling. Final section offers thoughts on issues related to teaching research methods courses. 157 pp., revised 2000. (10% discount to members of the Undergraduate Education Section). Stock #340.R00.

Service-Learning and Undergraduate Sociology:
Syllabi and Instructional Materials (Second Edition)

Teaching Race and Ethnic Relations:
Syllabi and Instructional Materials (Fourth Edition)

Edited by Donald Cunnigen. Contains an essay by Wilhelmina E. Perry on a “Checklist for Constructing a Syllabus” as well as 46 syllabi in six sections: General, Race and Society, Race and Theory, Race and Gender, International Perspectives, and Graduate Seminars. Includes tests, assignments and other instructional materials. 463 pp., revised 2001. Stock #337.T01.

Social Stratification Courses:
Syllabi & Instructional Materials (Fifth Edition)

Complete Catalogue

Edited by Scott Sernau and Johnnie Griffin. This edition contains syllabi and essays related to teaching social stratification and inequality courses as well as a comprehensive list of audiovisual resources. 251 pp., 2004

Stock #350.S04

Edited by JoAnn DeFiore, Morten G. Ender, and Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski. This resource guide assists instructors who would like to incorporate the pedagogy of service-learning into their curricula offerings.It includes syllabi from courses whereservice-learning and community-based learning is the main focus of the class, syllabi from courses that include service-learning as one component of the courses's grading scheme, and includes tips and tools for successful service-learning. 230pp., 2005.

Stock #108.S05

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The American Sociological Association (, founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.